Medieval History Resources

We spent the first term studying Medieval History. I thought I’d give a run down of our resources, separated by age.

ELEMENTARY BOOKS-NONFICTION

  • Story of the World by Susan Bauer Wise, read by Jim Weiss–we would listen to this while working on our notebook
  • The Roman Empire and the Dark Ages by Caselli
  • The Story of St. Patrick
  • Saint Brendan and the Voyage Before Columbus
  • Adventures with the Vikings
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Viking Explorer by Langley
  • Leif the Lucky by D’Aulaire
  • Saint Francis by Wildsmith
  • Art of the Catapult by Gurstelle
  • Medieval Feast by Aliki
  • The Duke and the Peasant by Wendy Beckett
  • Joan of Arc by Stanley
  • You Wouldn’t want to be Joan of Arc by Macdonald
  • The Adventure of Marco Polo by Freedman
  • Marco Polo: A Journey through China by Macdonald
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Explore with Marco Polo by Morley

ELEMENTARY STORY BOOKS/READERS/READ ALOUDS/FICTION

  • Arthur and the Sword by Sabuda
  • A Farm Through Time by Thomas
  • The Sword in the Tree by Bulla
  • King Arthur and His Knights read by Jim Weiss
  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Mayo
  • The Viking Adventure by Bulla
  • Minstrel in the Tower by Skurzynski
  • Marguerite Makes a Book by Robertson
  • The Door in the Wall by D’Angeli (we listened to this on tape-excellent!)
  • Castle Diary by Platt
  • Come to the Castle by Ashman
  • Castle by Macaulay
  • Saint George and the Dragon by Hodges
  • Cathedral by Macaulay
  • Chanticleer and the Fox adapted and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  • The Knight and the Dragon by de Paola
  • The Making of a Knight by O’Brien
  • Tales of Robin Hood by Claybourne
  • Mosque by Macaulay

ELEMENTARY VIDEOS/DVDs

Scholastic has a series called Life in the Middle Ages. They are maybe 20 minutes a piece and cover an overview of feudalism, a short history, then many others in more detail.  They are in Davidson County Library, if you live around here. Here are the titles:

  • Life in the Middle Ages
  • The Knight
  • The Serf
  • The Merchant
  • The Noble
  • The Doctor
  • Social Structure in the Middle Ages
  • A History of the Middle Ages

In addition here are some others we watched that were at times educational, at times just fun.

  • Disney’s The Sword in the Stone
  • Disney’s Robin Hood
  • Castle by Macaulay
  • Cathedral by Macaulay

OTHER ELEMENTARY RESOURCES

MIDDLE SCHOOL RESOURCES

Everything was kept in Barbara Shukin’s Medieval History Portfolio-maps, reports, art work and projects. The Spines we used were:

  • (From the History Lives Series by Mindy and Brandon Withrow)Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church and Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church
  • Story of the Middle Ages by Christine Miller
  • Learning through History magazine series-they have back issues on Medieval JapanByzantiumThe Early Middle AgesThe Late Middle Ages, and The Vikings.
  • Famous Men of the Middle Ages by Rob and Cindy Shearer
  • What in the World’s Going on Here?  and Romans, Reformers Revolutionaries CD sets of lectures by Diana Waring. These were good to listen to while coloring maps and summed up the readings

HISTORICAL FICTION, POETRY AND OTHER BOOKS

  • Bedouin’s Gazelle by Temple
  •  St. Patrick Pioneer Missionary to Ireland by McHugh
  • Flame Over Tara by Polland
  • Black Horses for the King by McCaffrey
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by JRR Tolkien
  • The Story of King Arthur by Pyle
  • Beowulf by Morpurgo
  • Rolf and the Viking Bow by French
  • Beorn the Proud by Polland
  • The Dragon and the Raven by Henty
  • Catherine Called Birdy by Cushman
  • A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by Konigsburg
  • Magna Charta by Daugherty
  • If All the Swords in England by Willard
  • Knight’s Fee by Stucliff
  • Great and Terrible Quest by Lovett
  • Mosque by Macaulay
  • Marco Polo: The Boy who Travelled the Medieval World by McCarty

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Good Masters, Sweet Ladies by Amy Schlitz- one act monologues about life in an English Medieval village. Interesting as a book on tape. Their accents are much better than mine:)
  • The Dark Ages (from The History Channel) on Netflix. I would not advise watching this with your younger children, but appropriate for Middle School aged kids. It’s kind of, well dark for small kids. Battles, Black Death, that kind of thing.

All the books and resources are either linked or in my Amazon store.

 

 

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